Carrie Snodgress

Caroline "Carrie" Snodgress (October 27, 1946 - April 1, 2004) was a Golden Globe Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated American actress.


Snodgress was born in Park Ridge, Illinois. (Two other sources cite Chicago and Barrington, Illinois as her birthplace.) She attended Northern Illinois University before leaving to pursue acting. Snodgress trained for the stage at the Goodman Theatre, in Chicago. After a number of minor TV appearances, her film debut was an uncredited appearance in Easy Rider in 1969 and a credited appearance in 1970 in Rabbit, Run opposite James Caan.

Her next film, Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970), garnered her a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actress and two Golden Globe wins, as Best Actress in a Comedy or a Musical (an odd category, given the dramatic nature of the film) and New Star Of The Year - Actress. She left acting soon after in order to live with rock musician Neil Young and care for their son Zeke, who was born with cerebral palsy, but returned in 1978 in The Fury. She and Neil Young split up about 1975. According to Sylvester Stallone, "The first choice for Adrian (in the movie Rocky) was a girl named Carrie Snodgress, who I wanted badly because, at the time, I wanted Adrian’s family to be Irish and Harvey Keitel would be the brother. She said there wasn’t enough money in it (we were getting paid $360 before taxes), so I said “I’ll give you my share, I truly want you.” She passed to do a part in Buffalo Bill and the Indians, which never happened for her." Neil Young's song "A Man Needs a Maid" was inspired by Snodgress, featuring the lyric "I fell in love with the actress/she was playing a part that I could understand."

Later she and film score composer Jack Nitzsche became lovers. The relationship ended in his arrest for a violent assault on her in 1979.

Her Broadway debut came in 1981 with A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking. She also appeared in All the Way Home, Oh! What a Lovely War, Caesar and Cleopatra, Tartuffe, The Balcony, The Boor, all at the Goodman Theatre (Chicago, Illinois); and Curse of the Starving Class at the Tiffany Theatre (Los Angeles).

Other films include Murphy's Law, White Man's Burden, Pale Rider, and Blue Sky.


She was hospitalized awaiting a liver transplant when she died suddenly at age 57 of heart and liver failure in Los Angeles, California.




  • Carrie Snodgress and Neil Young
  • "Carrie Snodgress." Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television, Volume 33. Gale Group, 2001. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. 2006.

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